Review of Executive Administrators

Date of Notice: 
Wed, 09/26/2012
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Current Status: 
Approved on 11/7/2012

The UO Senate moves:

a) That the university should conduct regular major "360 degree" performance reviews of executive administrators, including the President, Provost, Deans, and Vice Presidents and Provosts or equivalents such as the General Counsel and Athletic Director.

b) That to accomplish this goal the Senate President will appoint an ad hoc committee of UO faculty and Senate constituents to develop a formal but flexible university policy for regular reviews. The Senate requests that President Gottfredson appoint 2 administrators or staff to this committee, and that he instruct them to cooperate with the committee on the development of an appropriate university policy.

This policy should include a regular public schedule of major "360" performance reviews of executive administrators, on a three-year cycle. The reviews should include representation on review committees by faculty and other Senate constituencies, as well as procedures to collect and incorporate input from faculty, OAs, staff, and students and other interested parties. The policy should include provisions for catchup reviews for administrators who have not had major reviews within the past three years. The reviews will be followed by summary reports to the Senate on the outcomes.

c) The committee will present a policy proposal for a Senate vote by the February meeting, to be forwarded to the administration for incorporation as an official policy.


William Harbaugh, Professor Economics

Legislative History: 

President Gottfredson approves interim policy from July 1, 2014 to fall term, 2014.

Motivation: The UO currently has a number of senior administrators who have been appointed without systematic faculty input, and/or who have served for long periods of time without performance reviews that incorporate input from the faculty or other Senate constituencies. Policies for faculty input into searches and performance reviews are common at other universities. Regular "360 degree" performance reviews are a basic good management practice. UO policies on these matters, to the extent they can be found, are conflicting and incomplete. These two motions aim to regularize these policies for UO.